Bittersweet: Thoughts on Change, Grace, and Learning the Hard Way by Shauna Niequist (Paperback, 2013)
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- DescriptionThe idea of bittersweet is changing the way I live, unraveling and re-weaving the way I understand life. Bittersweet is the idea that in all things there is both something broken and something beautiful, that there is a moment of lightness on even the darkest of nights, a shadow of hope in every heartbreak, and that rejoicing is less rich even when it contains a splinter of sadness. It s the practice of believing that we really do need both the bitter and the sweet, and that a life of thing but sweetness rots both your teeth and your soul. Bitter is what makes us strong, what forces us to push through, what helps us earn the lines on our faces and the calluses on our hands. Sweet is nice eugh, but bittersweet is beautiful, nuanced, full of depth and complexity. Bittersweet is courageous, gutsy, audacious, earthy. This is what I ve come to believe about change: it s good, in the way that childbirth is good, and heartbreak is good, and failure is good. By that I mean that it s incredibly painful, exponentially more so if you fight it, and also that it has the potential to open you up, to open life up, to deliver you right into the palm of God s hand, which is where you wanted to be all long, except that you were too busy pushing and pulling your life into exactly what you thought it should be. I ve learned the hard way that change is one of God s greatest gifts, and most useful tools. Change can push us, pull us, rebuke and remake us. It can show us who we ve become, in the worst ways, and also in the best ways. I ve learned that it s t something to run away from, as though we could, and that in many cases, change is a function of God s graciousness, t life s cruelty. Niequist, a keen observer of life with a lyrical voice, writes with the characteristic warmth and honesty of a dear friend: always engaging, sometimes challenging, but always with a kind heart. You will find Bittersweet savory reading, indeed. This is the work I m doing w, and the work I invite you into: when life is sweet, say thank you, and celebrate. And when life is bitter, say thank you, and grow.
- Author BiographyShauna Niequist is the author of Bread & Wine, Cold Tangerines and Bittersweet. Shauna grew up in Barrington, Illinois, and then studied English and French literature at Westmont College in Santa Barbara. As an author and blogger, Shauna writes about the beautiful and broken moments of everyday life---friendship, family, faith, food, marriage, love, babies, books, celebration, heartache, and all the other things that shape us, delight us, and reveal to us the heart of God. Shauna is married to Aaron, who is a pianist and songwriter. Aaron is a worship leader at Willow Creek and is recording a project called A New Liturgy. Aaron and Shauna live outside Chicago with their sons, Henry and Mac.
- Author(s)Shauna Niequist
- Date of Publication19/02/2013
- SubjectChristianity: General
- Place of PublicationGrand Rapids
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- First Published2013
- Content Noteblack & white illustrations
- Weight256 g
- Width139 mm
- Height216 mm
- Spine17 mm
- Interest AgeFrom 18 To 99
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